We want to express our sympathy to the family of Melba Gene Shults. She was the sister of Janelle Chandler Smiddy and lived in Tira
prior to moving to Carriage House Nursing Home in Sulphur Springs. Her funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Leroy Reaves on Tuesday morning at the Delta Funeral Home, with burial at Tira Cemetery.
We also extend our sympathy to the family of Janey Jones of Seagoville. She was the daughter of the late Floyd (Hobby) and Willie Kight Lawson. According to relatives, Janey passed away in her sleep on Monday morning, after an early birthday dinner with family on Sunday. Janey was related to several members of the Tira community. Her funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. She will be buried in North Hopkins Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 18).
The Ccty of Tira is accepting “Declarations of Write-In Candidacy” for the Tira City Council election. The deadline to file for the May 9 election is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The council members whose terms are expiring are Joyce Dodd, Floyd Payton and Mayor John Hadley. For more information, please contact City Secretary Jan Vaughn at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688.
The Tira City Council will hold their regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tira Community Center. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.
Julia Tamsma, Chastin Smiddy, Kadee Melton, Tana Hall, Jackie Gold and Virginia Thomas traveled to Martin's Mill with North Hopkins sponsors Carolyn Long and Rob Stanley to participate in the UIL Cross Examination Debate. The teams of Kadee Melton and Tana Hall and Julia Tamsma and Jackie Gold qualified for the state UIL meet in Austin in March by placing first and second, respectively. The team of Chastin Smiddy and Virginia Thomas placed fourth in the district competition.
Kadee Melton was at the Fort Worth Stock Show during the week of Feb. 2 with her Hereford steer. Kadee classified for the show, but didn't place in the top 10 exhibitors for the Sale of Champions. This was Kadee's 10th and final year to show at the Fort Worth Stock Show as a junior exhibitor. Kadee was also at the San Antonio Livestock Show this past week with her Hereford heifers. She placed fifth and sixth in the Polled/Horned combined classes. Kadee is the daughter of Kevin and Dee Ann Melton.
The Meltons enjoyed a visit with son Micah Walker while in San Antonio. Micah, who is doing his student teaching at Frenship ISD, was there helping with swine projects.
I want to express my appreciation to Dee Melton for her reports on the students in our area.
Destri and Ryan Main; Dacy, Mike and Elise Campbell; Dustin Weir; Natalie Kuffner; Helen Weir; Robert, Yvonne and Wesley Weir; and Alice Hall met at Shumardii's in Greenville for a late lunch on Sunday. Yvonne says, “We had a good time visiting, eating and passing Elise around. She also reports, “In case anyone remembers the big black and white dog coming in my room that night. … The story has a good ending. Dustin and Natalie have adopted her. She is now named Lucy and has been relocated to Plano.”
Sandra Wester went to Waco on Friday to watch softball. She went on to Temple after the games to visit Mary Lou and Joe Jeter. On Saturday, Suzan Miller, Sandra, and Joe went back to Waco for more softball. After returning to Temple, Jill and Chelsea Jeter came by to visit. Suzan returned home on Sunday. Sandra stayed until Tuesday, and then stopped on the way home in Corsicana for lunch with Daun Wilson.
My grandson, Landon Joslin, and I went to Pecan Gap on Friday night and enjoyed the seafood buffet, while Landon’s brothers, Morgan and Kenden, had friends over to spend the night at their house. While there we saw Mack and Marilyn McQueen. Mack said that he and Marilyn are frequent visitors to Gentle Ben Fish Den. Jimmy and Barbara Anderson were there, too. On Saturday night I took Landon, Morgan, and Kenden to Pizza Inn for Valentine’s Day, while their parents (and baby sister Jaidyn) enjoyed a little break. Chip was out of town and missed out on the activities.
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